Kehret, Peg. (1999). Shelter dogs : amazing stories of adopted strays.
Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman. 636.7 K265s
Tells the stories of eight stray dogs that were adopted from animal
shelters and went on to become service dogs, actors, and heroes.
Good Books to Read Aloud
Hughes, Shirley. (1983). Alfie gives a hand. New York : Lothrop,
Lee & Shepard Books. PRIM-FIC H8944ALD
Holding tightly to his old bit of blanket as he attends his first birthday
party, Alfie finds a way to be helpful, but it means putting down his
DiCamillo, Kate. (2000). Because of Winn-Dixie. Cambridge, Mass.
: Candlewick Press. INTR-FIC D5452BE
Ten-yeaR old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the
town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because
of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Adoff, Arnold. (2002). Black is brown is tan. New York
: HarperCollins Publishers.
PRIM-FIC A2393bl 2002
Describes in verse a family with a brown-skinned mother, white-skinned
father, two children, and their various relatives.
McKinley, Robin. (1982). The blue sword. New
York : Greenwillow Books. INTR-FIC M1585BL
Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony
of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native
king with mysterious powers.
Cooper, Susan. (1973). The dark is rising. New York : Atheneum.
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last
of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable
the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of Dark.
Farmer, Nancy. (1994). The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm : a novel.
New York : Orchard Books. INTR-FIC F234E
In 2194, in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped
and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use
their special powers to search for them.
Myers, Walter Dean. (1997). Harlem : a poem. New York : Scholastic
Press. 811 M996H
A poem celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem.
Sachar, Louis. (1998). Holes. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute
to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish
correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real
friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
Mathis, Sharon Bell. (1975). The hundred penny box. New York
: Viking Press. INTR-FIC M431H
Michael's love for his great-great-aunt who lives with them leads him
to intercede with his mother who wants to toss out all her old things.
O'Dell, Scott. (1960). Island of the Blue Dolphins. Boston :
Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC O236IS
When a girl is left behind on an island when her family and people
are relocated, she must find ways to survive.
Orlev, Uri. (1984). The island on Bird Street. Boston : Houghton
Mifflin. INTR-FIC O714IS
During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a
ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks
of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.
Lewis, C. S. (1965). The lion, the witch and the wardrobe : a story
for children. New York : Macmillan. INTR-FIC L6734L
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe
into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to
triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
Peck, Richard. (1998). A long way from Chicago : a novel in stories.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC P3676L
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister
during the Great Depression to visit their largeR than-life grandmother.
Hamilton, Virginia. (1974). M. C. Higgins, the great. New York
: Macmillan. INTR-FIC H2218M
As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house
in the Ohio hills, fifteen-yeaR old M. C. is torn between trying
to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.
Rathmann, Peggy. (1995). Officer Buckle and Gloria. New York
: Putnam's. PRIM-FIC R234O
The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's
safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he
gives his safety speeches.
Hall, Donald. (1979). Ox-cart man. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC
Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an
early 19th-century New England family.
Flournoy, Valerie. (1985). The patchwork quilt. New York : Dial
Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC F6435PA
Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother
and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's
Taylor, Mildred D. (1991, c1976). Roll of thunder, hear my cry.
New York, New York : Trumpet Club. INTR-FIC T2445ROL
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with
prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. (1991). Shiloh. New York : Atheneum
; Toronto : Collier Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International
Pub. Group. INTR-FIC N333SH
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home,
Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited
man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
Bang, Molly. (1983). Ten, nine, eight. New York : Greenwillow
Books. PRIM-FIC B216TE
Numbers from ten to one are part of this lullaby which observes the
room of a little girl going to bed.
Polacco, Patricia. (1998). Thank you, Mr. Falker. New York :
Philomel Books. PRIM-FIC P762TH
At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read
makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps
her understand and overcome her problem.
Babbitt, Natalie. (1975). Tuck everlasting. New York : Farrar,
Straus, Giroux. INTR-FIC B1124TU
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they
discover that a ten-yeaR old girl and a malicious stranger now
share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever
growing any older.
Carle, Eric. (1984). The very busy spider. New York : Philomel
Books. PRIM-FIC C278VE
The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her
web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness.
The pictures may be felt as well as seen.
Fleischman, Sid. (1986). The whipping boy. New York : Greenwillow
Books. INTR-FIC F5966WH
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they
inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
Wiesner, David. (1988). Free fall. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard
Books. PRIM-FIC W6517FR
A young boy dreams of daring adventures in the company of imaginary
creatures inspired by the things surrounding his bed.
Tafuri, Nancy. (1984). Have you seen my duckling?. New York :
Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC T1248HA
A mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one
Ormerod, Jan. (1982). Moonlight. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard
Books. PRIM-FIC O733mo
As her parents attempt to help a child fall asleep at bedtime, they
themselves become more and more sleepy.
Briggs, Raymond. (1978). The snowman. New York : Random House. PRIM-FIC
When his snowman comes to life, a little boy invites him home and in
return is taken on a flight high above the countryside.
Wiesner, David. (1991). Tuesday. New York : Clarion Books. PRIM-FIC
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the
nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
Stories and Poems for Readers Theatre
Galdone, Paul. (1968). Henny Penny. New York : Clarion
Books. 398.2 G149he
On her way to telling the king that the sky is falling, Henny Penny
meets a number of friends who join heR - and a not-so-friendly
Fox who decides to take matters into his own hands.
Galdone, Paul. (1973). The Little Red Hen. New York : Clarion
Books. 398.2 G149Lr
The little red hen's lazy house mates--a cat, a dog, and a mouse--are
unwilling to help her plant, harvest or grind wheat into flour, but
they are eager to help eat the cake which is the end product of her
Kuskin, Karla. (1980). Dogs & dragons, trees & dreams : a
collection of poems. New York : Harper & Row. 811 K975d
A representative collection of Karla Kuskin's poetry with introductory.
Byars, Betsy Cromer. (1968). The midnight fox. New York : Viking
Press. INTR-FIC B993MI
Tony dislikes spending the summer on his aunt's farm until he discovers
a black fox in the forest and tracks her to her den.
MacLachlan, Patricia. (1985). Sarah, plain and tall. New York
: Harper & Row. INTR-FIC M1615SA
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them
in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother
and hope that she will stay.